A year on the three rooms involved in this project have seen huge improvements courtesy of the hard work of the whole team here at Burton Constable.
The interiors themselves have been cared for with old display materials cleared and archive materials deposited at the East Riding Archives, old floorings taken up and drooping wallpaper re-adhered to the walls.
The music collections have been rescued from their corridor store and boxed in acid-free cardboard to keep them safe. The music books have been reshelved to make them easier for staff to care for and researchers to access.
The greatest difference comes in the fact that we are now able to show these rooms and collections to visitors for the first time, with regular guided tours due to commence in Spring 2023. Visitors will be able to look at items of the family's music collections and to hear it playing in the background - and to learn about the extraordinary devotion that the Clifford Constable family had to learning and collecting music, and to hosting grand house parties to perform and dance with their friends from near and far.
Already these redisplayed collections have been used to engage the Foundation's volunteers with the story of these beautiful and well-loved objects, discovering a glimpse of country house entertainments at the height of the Victorian era.
In the Green Room next door, too, the changes are clear to see - new racking stands proudly to hold the Hall's framed collections, while display cases containing the family's 18th and 19th Century scrapbooks stand proudly for all to see.